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January doesn’t have to be boring: Oak mantel decoration ideas

by Freddie Armstrong

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After the Christmas decorations come down, homes across the country will be looking suitably sad as we enter into what has to be one of the most depressing months of the year. But it doesn’t need to be that way. We show you how to decorate your oak mantel for the cold and dark winter nights that lie ahead…

Tips for decorating your oak mantel after the holidays – cool, crisp minimalism

After all the tinsel and sparkling fairy lights, there’s something quite satisfying about going back to simple, solid colours.

In January, we still have at least another two months of winter to go before the spring sunshine breaks back through. So keep it seasonal with snowy white vases and candles.

Soften up the look on your oak mantel with cosy pastel blankets, casually draped over the arms of your sofa and chairs.

Bring the outside, inside

Oak mantels are a super place to create a seasonal display, no matter what time of year it is.

One of our favourite winter decoration tips is to cut up small logs into different lengths. Then place them standing upright on your oak beam. These make wonderful candle stands and add a more rustic element to the clean white curves of the vases and the candles.

Oak-mantel garlands aren’t just for Christmas

Festoon your mantel with some bunting to add a pop of colour. If you’re wanting to stick with this winter’s trends, go for pastel shades rather than bright colours.

Can’t find anything you like? Why not give making your own oak-mantel bunting a go? If you have a sewing machine, it’s just a matter of chopping out little triangles of material and sewing them to a piece of ribbon or bias binding.

Artwork overlapping on your oak mantel

It’s a trend which enables us to display lots of our favourite pieces of artwork, all in one place.

Select three contrasting, different-sized paintings or pictures and rest them on your oak mantel. Overlap them so they all make one, large focal point. If you’re using a particularly large piece of artwork at the back, you may want to attach it to the wall so it doesn’t fall off.

Displays don’t always have to be perfectly symmetrical

Making an arrangement on your oak mantel which is asymmetrical, can help to add a little more life to your space.

Place a painting and a few candles at one end (make sure the painting straddles over the centre of your beam). Then add a few books and small vases filled with flowers, at the other.

Whatever you do, send us some pictures of you oak mantel decorations…

If you’ve been inspired to give your oak mantel a new fresh look for 2020, we’d love to see what you’ve done. Get in touch and send us your pictures.